The NYPD must “rethink” its new “Digidog,” Mayor de Blasio stated Wednesday — a day after a clip of the robotic canine in motion went viral and despatched tongues wagging.
Hizzoner hesitated when he was questioned concerning the video, which been considered greater than 8 million instances and left some to match the programmable pooch to an episode of “Black Mirror.”
“I haven’t seen it, however I actually share the priority that if in any manner it’s unsettling to folks, we should always rethink the equation,” de Blasio stated at his day by day press briefing. “I don’t know what’s being executed to check it — I’ll actually speak to the commissioner about it. I don’t need folks to really feel that one thing is occurring that they don’t learn about. So we’ll work that out.”
The clip confirmed the “Digidog” casually strolling out of a housing venture in Manhattan following the arrest of Luis Gonzalez, 41, an NYPD rep stated Tuesday.
Cops arrived to the scene to seek out Gonzales sequestered inside an condominium with a mom and child, who exited unhurt, the NYPD stated. Gonzalez was apprehended after about two hours of negotiations.
The canine “was not utilized,” the rep stated.
Twitter person @hella_leigh shared the video, together with the caption, “By the point my children are sufficiently old to observe Black Mirror it’s going to be a documentary sequence.”
Police additionally used the canine again in February whereas responding to a house invasion and hostage state of affairs within the Bronx.
By the point cops responded, nobody was there.
The four-legged crime fighter sparked considerations from native politicians together with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who referred to as it a “robotic surveillance floor drone.”
The bot weighs 70 kilos, has cameras and lights, is able to two-way communication and is ready to use synthetic intelligence to navigate its surroundings, police stated.
It’s technically unarmed. Metropolis Councilman Ben Kallos final month launched laws to ban NYPD from utilizing “weaponized” robots.